Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


Students will also acquire:
a) Basic academic research writing skills needed for scholarly work in visual culture, curating and contemporary art.
b) An introduction to a wide variety of experimental academic writing possibilities
c) Support for students who are attempting to articulate the research dimensions of their practice (and how references and theory might talk to these attempts).
d) Assistance in the development of modes of writing about, through and as art practice.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 15.02.2021 - 18.02.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Lucy Davis, Max Ryynänen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Lucy Davis, Max Ryynänen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course provides a basic understanding of what research might be in the context of the ViCCA MA, through introducing a diverse series of research and writing methods that are attuned to visual culture, curating and contemporary art practices.

    The course provides introductory exposure to academic, theoretically-informed and experimental writing approaches and how these might be combined.

    The course includes lectures, readings, discussions and critical and experimental writing assignments where students are encouraged to focus on subject matter pertaining to their thesis research, their current practice, and/or course interests.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    80% presence.  Assignments completed by end of the course.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contact teaching 35h and 100h independent work.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Provided in the syllabus.